Shugakuso Outdoor Store
Shugakuso (秀岳荘) has two stores in Sapporo – one next to Hokkaido University 10 minutes walk north of Sapporo Station and one in Shiroishi Ward in southern Sapporo. They also have a store in Asahikawa City. The Shiroishi store has a well-stocked cyclery on the basement floor, so makes for a good place to drop in if you’re in need of both outdoor gear and bike stuff.
Also a bit of an institution within the outdoor community in Sapporo is Paddle Club (パドルクラブ). While the name makes it sound like they deal in watersports, it is certainly not their mainstay. Expect a good range of clothing and an OK range of accessories, and a whole lot of awesome for ski touring and winter exploring gear. They have two locations; one in Atsubetsu Ward, and one on the second floor of the TRIAL Super Center in Teine.
North Ride Plus RERA Outlet Store – CLOSED as of Sept 2019North Ride Plus (ノースライドプラス) has a store at the Rera Outlet Mall, about 3.5km from the domestic terminal at New Chitose Aiport (walking/cycling route here). They’re the only outdoor-related store in Rera with a passable selection of camping gear, including fuel for stoves.
- URL: http://www.outlet-rera.com/shopguide/detail.php?id=77
- Location (Rera Outlet Mall): Google Maps
All over Hokkaido
Home centers (ホームセンター) are what people in Japan call DIY or hardware stores. They are a great place to browse for cheaper brands of camping gas, white fuel, warm clothing, and spare nuts and bolts. In Hokkaido there’s a few chains of these large home improvement and hardware stores such as Viva Home, Homac, and Nicot (in smaller towns).
- Homac in Chitose: Google Maps
Pharmacies (薬局) are the only places in Hokkaido that reliably stock fuel alcohol for pop can stoves and trangia stoves etc, even in small towns. Generally it will be a good mix of ethanol, methanol, and isopropyl, which burns very cleanly. Expect to pay between 250yen and 350yen for 500ml. Just search for ‘pharmacy’ in English on Google or in Open Street Maps.
Know of any good stores?
Have you been cycle touring in Hokkaido and found a good store for stocking up on camping essentials such as fuel and other gear? Got any tips to share? Please let us know in the comments below.